Indiana lawmakers push a bill forward that would allow guns in school parking lots. The bill is causing controversy across the state. Obviously, it's a bill that has several opinions surrounding it.
We head to the place this would directly effect, a local high school, to hear what students, parents, and teachers have to say. It's a piece of legislation that's creating a stir in the Hoosier state. A bill that would allow guns in school parking lots has many speaking out. At a Tristate high school there's an opinion down every hall.
"I guess it's ok if they are going to be safe with it," says student Paige Byrd. She says it depends on the situation, like if a student likes to hunt. "They didn't bring it to harm anyone. I don't want them to get in trouble if they just left it," says Byrd.
"I don't think students should have them in the first place," that's how student, Ally Walker, feels. She stands by the zero tolerance rule. Parent Cathi Ferguson agrees. "If they are responsible enough to have a gun for hunting, then they need to be responsible enough to know zero tolerance for any gun on the property," says Ferguson.
If passed the bill would allow teachers, parents, and other adults, who are licensed gun owners, to keep a gun in their parked, locked car, on school property. It would also allow students who are members of a gun club, or have a principal's written consent, to keep a gun in their vehicle, as well.
"A lot would probably be for guns." Dylan Heiman says at North High School several students, that have guns for their extra curricular hobby, would support the bill. Heiman says he does not support the bill. "In the classroom I wouldn't feel too intimidated, but once I got to the parking lot, or anything like that, it would be a little bit of a factor."
"North is a safe place. I think, for it to stay safe, we don't need them on our campus at all," says teacher Leslie McDowell. It's a law that would effect students, parents, and teachers. "At no point should any parent, or student, be able to have a weapon on campus. We are already in jeopardy sometimes for safety at public schools, so I am very against it," says McDowell.
The gun bill now heads to both the house and senate to iron out some provisions. The EVSC does not have a stance on the bill at this time.